Thursday, October 1, 2015

power of the prop

tee, Gap
jeans, Ross
earrings, Haitian Beads
belt, Forever 21

        It's amazing what a piece of cardboard can do for an outfit ... take away my handmade artist's palette, and you get a simple look of a striped tee and jeans. Add in the prop, and you get an artist outfit for Spirit Week's Career Day. The finishing touches were a couple of paintbrushes tucked into my front pocket and Crayola-bright accessories - yellow earrings and a green belt.
     I've already talked about my inability to hang onto things that aren't slung around my neck, so I decided to wear my prop vs. carry it around. It was kind of funny to walk around campus all day and be greeted with cries of "You're an artist!" or "You're a painter!" by students. Campus was teeming that day with pilots, pro athletes, members of the military, doctors and nurses, and microphone-toting singers.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

subtly quirky

Merona tank, Target
pants, Old Navy
necklace, Simple Addiction

      I started off Spirit Week with black, white, and a dab of hot pink. Monday was Wacky Tacky Day, and I always try to find a subtle, fun spin on the theme (which I guess means it's not tacky at all?)
     I added mismatched earrings to the mix - I don't think anyone noticed, but it was fun to pair up a classic pearl stud with the edgier ear pin.

    Next week is Fall Break, and I am already looking forward to it. I have quite a bit of work to do - grading, preparing report cards, and laying the groundwork to use reading response journals and start small groups for reading instruction - but I'm also determined to have some fun. That will mean diving into some wonderful books, some cooking and baking, and some drawing and crafting. And definitely a nap (or three ...) 

Monday, September 28, 2015


tank, Gap
DKNY jeans, Macy's

          Some days, I just look at my closet and sigh ... I've already worn just about every one of my warm-weather dresses to work multiple times, and I'm getting tired of dressing for hot, sticky days.
         Luckily, Spirit Week at school starts today - just the thing I need to cure the sartorial blahs! Today is Wacky Tacky Day, Tuesday is Career Day, Wednesday is Disney Day, Thursday is Pajama Day, and Friday is Look Alike Day.
      We aren't allowed to dress up for Halloween, so Disney Day is the closest I will get to wearing a costume to school. Over the weekend I thrifted the perfect item - a snappy red-and-white vest -- for my outfit; turned a necktie into a bow, and made myself a pair of ears. I have one more prop to make out of cardboard, and then I'll be all set for Wednesday. Can you guess what Disney character I'm dressing up as?
      A little outfit talk: This top is just about perfect - one of the few tops I own that doesn't require a camisole underneath to deal with a gaping neckline and/or giant armholes. Being short-waisted, I often find that most shirts are awkwardly long on me, but this is a flattering length. The only thing that would have made this shirt better would be if it was made out of 100% cotton vs. poly cotton.  

Friday, September 18, 2015

dressed down

relaxed-fit tank, Old Navy
Indigo Rein jeans, Macy's
yellow glass pendant, gifted

       I wore this to work the other day because I knew my class was scheduled to work on our hands-on science unit. There are no desks in the science room, so I knew that I was going to spend a lot of time squatting, sitting or kneeling on the floor. Pants seemed like the only practical choice. 
       A colleague made a comment to me in the morning that I was dressed very casually.  I realized that people notice when I deviate from my usual style, which I would describe as "relaxed, practical and professional with consideration taken of the job requirements and weather." Judging from the comment, this is not my typical work outfit!  Which is kind of funny, because as much as I love my dresses, skirts and pretty clothes, this is still what I feel most comfortable in - a tank/tee, jeans, and a single accessory. I deliberately choose most of the time to not wear this type of outfit to work, because being dressed professionally has, I think, a positive effect on how I teach and interact with students.
     Happy Friday! The big thing happening this weekend is that my husband comes home - he's been away for about a month. I'm looking forward to spending some quality time with him ... taking a nap at  the same time is considered quality time, right? 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

perfect mix

dress, Old Navy
scarf, Ross

     I had an unusually active weekend. On Saturday, I had a good workout at the gym. In my cardio workout, I've started to incorporate 15 to 20 minutes of jogging/walking on a treadmill. Osteoporosis runs in my family, and I've seen how excruciatingly painful it can be. My goal is to build up my bones for a healthy, pain-free life.
      On Sunday, I attended an aikido class my sensei has spoken highly of. I ended up training for 2 hours - one hour of weapons, and a second class of hand techniques. Whew! I really enjoyed it, but was feeling it on Monday - my body's not used to 2 hours straight.
    Despite the tired body, I started Monday in an excellent mood --  perhaps it was lingering endorphines from the physical activity. I had a nightmare about work early in the morning - I dreamt that I had somehow left my specials class alone in the room and driven off, then could not get back to them. It was the kind of dream where you wake up and realize with immense relief that it didn't really happen! A dream like that can be hard to shake off, but I'm thankful it didn't ruin my good mood.
   Something else I enjoyed about my weekend was that Sunday was a rainy day. Besides aikido and a trip to the library, I stayed home and did some work. There's something immensely relaxing about settling down at home and getting things done while it pours outside.
  It's been just a bit cooler here, and that's why I'm wearing my lightest scarf! It was a little warm at times, so I won't be wearing scarves regularly, but it was a great change of pace.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

black box

dress, Old Navy
kimono, DIY

      This is one of those outfits that looked better in my head than it did in real life. I take outfit photos after work, so while I felt good in this outfit, I was surprised to see how boxy it looks. The fit of the dress is problematic - a small was a bit too snug on the bottom, so I sized up to a medium, which means it's big on top.

    I did add a belt, just to see how it looked. The belt really helps. But I'm still considering adding this dress to the donation pile.  
   How was your three-day weekend? I did some serious Labor Day sale shopping (let's just say, I already spent September's budget), a good deal of lazing around and a little prepping for work. I'm looking forward to doing some hands-on science with my students this week and adding a short "energizer" period in the morning that will get them moving. I hope that getting their blood pumping will help them focus and learn better.

Monday, August 31, 2015

gigantic florals

Express top, Savers
Calvin Klein straight-leg jeans, Ross
earrings, Haitian Beads

       I think this top is what Aya of Couturgatory calls a shirt shell. Whatever its name, I like the gigantic floral print and rich colors. Sadly, on its first wearing, I figure out how prone the fabric is to snagging ... but I managed to smooth it out and I figure the print distracts from the snag. I think the metal ring on my lanyard was the culprit. I'll just have to remember to tuck my classroom keys in my pocket when I wear this again. I know teachers who can put their keys down and remember to pick them up again, but I keep them around my neck because I know I'd forget to pick them up - or worse, where I put them.
      I would never have thought that bright yellow accessories would be so wearable, but I've gotten lots of use out of these earrings and my glass pendant necklace. The print has just a hint of yellow in it, which was fun to accentuate with the earrings.